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Mekelburgs 293 Grand Avenue

Clients: Mr. & Mrs. Mekelburg
Brooklyn, NY | 2015

We explored the common trend to live publically in private and privately in public. The site also provided fodder for design and we were influenced by the random stacking of perfume boxes, jewelry displays, off brand watches and the like that give this neighborhood a very distinctive aesthetic not seen elsewhere in Manhattan. Using such architectonic devices as large curtains at the public level as an entrance, again, enforces the idea of putting ideas of domesticity on display in public. Acknowledging a fantastic view to the north of the Empire State Building informed as well as the great urban green of Madison Park to the south became the third arrow in our design quiver. The main design then becomes 2 organizing curved walls. These parallel walls ran throughout the entire building and were to be structural. They connect the views from Madison Park to the Empire state building and also set up the plan so that it forms two types of rooms, A ‘public’ room with full expanse of glass and a more ‘private room where one can experience the view/outdoors/city through a step out small balcony.

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